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Welcome to VSAConnect

Welcome to VSAConnect, the alumni association for returned volunteers and accompanying partners. Content here (see tabs above) includes:

  • Returning home: what to expect on coming home to New Zealand, and how to deal with it.
  • Stay connected: how to stay in touch with other volunteers, VSA and your country of assignment.
  • Alumni news: stories and events, with the latest news below. Email us to subscribe to the bi-monthly E-nius.
  • About: the people behind VSAConnect, contact details, and how to access the member-only areas of this site.

 

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From the Solomons to the Arctic Circle

Published on 17th May 2017


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From the Solomons to the Arctic Circle

On 28 May, six weeks after flying out from his VSA assignment in hot and steamy Solomon Islands, Lindsay Gault will board a plane for Canada to begin a 12,000km bicycle trip. Read More

UniVol focus for Otago event

Published on 4th May 2017


UniVol focus for Otago event

Otago VSAers are invited to a finger-food meal and discussion at the Geography Department, University of Otago, on Friday 2 June. Read More

Election draws volunteer back to Timor-Leste

Published on 1st May 2017


Election draws volunteer back to Timor-Leste

Former volunteer Del Bovill spent a 20-hour day in tropical heat as an observer in Timor-Leste's recent presidential elections, an experience she would not have missed. Read More

Overseas volunteering has broad impact beyond volunteers: UK study

Published on 26th April 2017


Overseas volunteering has broad impact beyond volunteers: UK study

Overseas volunteering has an impact that ranges well beyond the personal changes that affect volunteers, according to a major study released in March by the UK agency Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO). Read More

Bhutanese administrator remembered

Published on 20th April 2017


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Bhutanese administrator remembered

Former volunteers Alan and Joan Reader, and Spencer and Julie Nicholls remember Rinzin Norbu, a “very caring man who did a fine job of looking after all of us who spent time in Bhutan”, Alan says. Read More

Kiwi volunteers reap 50-year reward

Published on 5th April 2017


Kiwi volunteers reap 50-year reward

Treating people well 50 years ago paid an unexpected dividend for Robin Stewart and David Mitchell. Read More

Duncan Green visit to New Zealand

Published on 15th March 2017


Duncan Green visit to New Zealand

Oxfam's senior strategic advisor, Duncan Green, is coming to New Zealand to promote his new book 'How Change Happens'. Read More

Auckland VSA get-together on 7 March

Published on 27th February 2017


Auckland VSA get-together on 7 March

An invitation from Christine and David King to Auckland VSAers. Read More

Manawatu Festival of Cultures

Published on 23rd February 2017


Manawatu Festival of Cultures

Manawatu’s VSA branch will host a stall at Palmerston North’s annual Festival of Cultures on Saturday 4 March. Read More

Top of the South potluck dinner

Published on 22nd February 2017


Top of the South potluck dinner

Charles and Robyn Lambert (pictured) will be guest speakers at the next meeting of the Top of the South (TOTS) VSA Branch on Wednesday 1 March. Read More

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